Feminism in Trifles

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To begin with, in any literary work, the title helps in reinforcing the work's theme and understanding the text better. In Trifles, the title suggests that the play talks about insignificant and superficial theme or action. However, the truth is far from that. As once the reader begins reading the play, he/she is impressed with the turn of the events. In the play, the two women – Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale- who are only brought along with the sheriff and attorney to retrieve some items for a wife – Mrs. Wright/ Minnie foster- accused for killing her husband –Mr. Wright, are the ones who actually find the evidence to indict the accused. In trifles, the title is ironic as the reader sees what is silly and "trifle" to men, is the key for solving the murder. In a general look at Trifles, a reader can figure right away the roles given to women in that era. Women's roles were mainly reproductive and briefly social. These roles place a woman in the kitchen; expecting her to cook, bake, do housework and take good care of her husband. Moreover, women's roles are determined by their husbands. That is why women –except for Minnie Foster- don't get first names throughout the play. Mrs. Peters, who is married to the sheriff, is viewed in this term, not as an independent woman. The county attorney says "a sheriff's wife is married to the law" (Glaspell 10). Mrs. Peters herself tries to fulfill that role saying "Mrs. Hale, the law is the law" (Glaspell 5). There are many conflicts in “Trifles.” The main conflict is shown through Mrs. Hale’s description of Mr. Wright. Mrs. Hale says, “He was a hard man Mrs. Peters. Just to pass the time of day with him (Shivers.) Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Glaspell 8). On the other hand, Mrs. Wright before her marriage was a very cheerful person. This is the reason why only this woman is given first name in the play. Minnie was a
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